Here's a list of questions that may be helpful to ask your doctor
before your knee surgery. We suggest you print this list and take it
with you on your appointment.
- What complications may occur with this kind of surgery?
- What is the expected recovery time?
- How many days will
I be in the hospital after surgery?
- Will I have physical
therapy? If so, how often and for how long?
- Will I need
full-time or part-time care? If so, for how long?
- Will I
need a hospital bed at home?
- When can I lie on the
- How soon will I be able to walk after
- Will I need crutches or a walker? If so, for how
- How soon will I be able to climb stairs after
- How soon will I be able to drive a car after
- When can I shower after surgery?
- How soon
will I be able to resume normal lifestyle activities besides walking
(i.e., work, sports, housework, gardening, etc.)?
sports may I participate in?
- What are lifting limits?
- When is sexual intercourse feasible after surgery?
I set off the metal detectors at the airport?
- Will I need
antibiotics for dental care?
- What is the implant made of?
Which biomaterials will be used?
- In your estimate, how long
will my joint replacement last?
- What can I do to help keep
my joint replacement functioning as long as possible?
activities or other factors could make my joint replacement wear out
more quickly, and what can I do to avoid them?